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lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> new this morning, iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz. that area sees 20% of the oil pass through it. the state tv report says that the programs include more ships, submarines and jet fighters. they've warned other ships to stay away from the site until after the new year. >>> melissa mollet joins us from the live desk with more. good morning, melissa. >> good morning. the search is on for 23 pakistani policemen who appear to have been kidnapped by the taliban. they went missing thursday. two northwest posts were -- two policemen were also killed at that time. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> thank you so much. the army general who helped force saddam hussein out of kuwait died. norman schwarzkopf died of complication frs pneumonia. stormin' norman execute theed the first gulf war. a friend of his said schwarzkopf was in love with america and was possessed by a sense of duty. >> i think america suffered a tremendous loss with the loss of a great patriot. >> schwar
for the new year. one guess is that they could that the fiscal cliff deadline lapse and then in the new year try to look at it in january to reduce taxes on those people while raising them for the rich, but that is after dropping off. >> we have learned that nancy pelosi is saying that senate leaders will try to craft a fiscal cliff deal. as ben said, they are not giving any details, no specifics, they're not going to, but nancy pelosi said it will try to craft some sort of deal to avoid heading off the edge of the fiscal cliff. >>> the outgoing prime minister mario monti said he will contest the general election in february. he will lead a coalition of supporting his reform agenda. his appointment last year as the head of the technocratic government sought to end the financial crisis. former prime minister silvio berlusconi is rounding out his new year with a divorce, pinning his ex-wife almost $4 million per month. he was accused of having relationships with young women. the venezuelan president hugo chavez cents a message of faith to his supporters from his hospital bed. the message said
to family or friend since december 19. >> just three days until the so- called fiscal cliff, and there are new developments on the road to a deal. richard reeve has been following all of the twists and turns. while there is still nothing concrete, both sides are talking? >> that is right democratic and republican leaders are trying to broker a last-minute deal to allow a rank-and-file vote sunday, the radically house members back in session sunday night would look but time is running out. as the fiscal cliff deadline approaches -- >> i cannot believe we got this close. >> the sign of the times reflecting most americans' frustrations. >> sit down, go into a room, and don't come out until you take care of this. >> the fallout with no deal. and every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paychecks will get a lot smaller. >> friday, president obama and congressional leaders met about an hour and agreed to keep talking. >> it is constructive and it is getting done. we will see. >> this eveleaders in the senate are signaling they are ready to compromise. >> i'm hope
before its new year's day fiscal cliff deadline. darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: after a weekend of late-night negotiations with the vice president, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said an agreement on the fiscal cliff was very, very close. >> we'll continue to work on finding smarter ways to cut spending, but let's not let that hold up protecting americans from the tax hike that will take place in about 10 hours. >> reporter: the deal would raise the top tax rate for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples with more than $450,000 in income. itemized deductions would be limited for individuals making more than $250,000 and couples making more than $300,000. the estate tax would rise to 40%. emergency unemployment benefits would be extended for another year. the alternative minimum tax would be adjusted for inflation permanently. and, in an effort to boost the economy, small businesses would be eligible for another year of bonus depreciation when they buy equipment. the big hang up is what to do about the sequester-- $110 billion in automatic spending
to the fiscal cliff to new year's eve to the nfl post season on my last day as you said and clayton's birthday mind you. an update on hillary clinton's condition in just about 10 minutes join us for "fox & friends" 6-9 eastern time. >> welcome back. it is 52 after the top of the hour. let's span the globe to see what's happening in headlines. hugo chavez is reporting from new complications following his recent cancer surgery there. so far we are hearing those complications are stemming from a respiratory infection and his condition is delicate. next to northern ireland where police officer manages to escape a bomb found under his car. so far no one is claiming responsibility for planting the device. finally to columbia where a massive land slide completely cut off a highway and buried cars there. at least five people were killed. a search is underway right now for 25 people that are missing. patti ann? >>> the count down to 2013 is on. over 1 million people preparing to pack times square to ring in the new year. lawmakers may ring in the new year by going over the cliff. lauren simonetti joins
in washington. we learned just a few hours ago that not only is the fiscal cliff deadline on new year's eve, we are going to hit the debt ceiling on the very same day. we are about to go to washington for a live report. now to national weather. deadly storm slamming the midwest and the south now hitting the northeast. this is all coming just as millions of americans are waiting to take flights important the holidays. suburban new york newspaper chooses to publish the names and addresses of thousands of private citizens who have legal gun permits. can the mainstream media still claim not to hate all gun owners after a stunt like this? "the kudlow report" starts right now. let's get the latest on the snag on the fiscal cliff talks and surprise news we are going to reach the debt ceiling in days instead of just a few months. john harwood has the details. what's going on? >> not a whole lot of actions going on. although there have been some developments. let me bring our viewers up to date on those. first of all, treasury secretary geithner this afternoon announced the united states would hit the s
you're here to bring that. >> i will try. it doesn't seem like happy new year and fiscal cliff go in the same sentence. >> heather: it really doesn't. you know, we talked about the recession, it began five years ago, reportedly ended -- reportedly more than three years ago. yet 12 million americans looking for work. families have been drowning in mortgage debt for years on end. why should we feel optimistic about 2013? >> it's interesting, i was talking to some people today and they say the fiscal cliff for them started about five years ago. but all is not gloom and doom with this. you look at some of the economic indicators that are out there and what is positive for our economy, number one is the housing market. we have seen a steady progressive positive indicators on the housing market that things are getting better there. another thing is the debt load. it looks like houses are starting to see a significant impact there as well. when you look at the debt ratio to gdp, it's actually decreased to the 2003 level. that means that more families are saving money. also they're paying
the fiscal cliff. happy new year. here's what you might have missed. president obama left hawaii early to get back to washington today. the senate is also coming back from christmas vacation today to work on a deal. now, sources tell us majority leader harry reid will push a scaled-back version of the fiscal cliff package that president obama laid out on friday, which moved the tax hike needle to $400,000. no word yet on when the house of representatives might come back, but democrats say the only hope we have of something getting through the house, the senate and the white house may be a very last-minute deal. cnn radio's lisa is following developments on capitol hill right now. the ball is in senate majority leader harry reid's court it would seem right now, lisa. >> that's right. harry reid and the senate seem to be the only game in town right now with the senate returning today. we also know from sources, ali, that over this christmas break there were no conversations between the president and top-level republicans. sources from both parties are telling us they are watching the senate, es
out there. >>> coming up on your local news on "cbs this morning," an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations and a look back at the top stories of 2012 in the world of hemtd health and medicine. that and so much more coming up a little bit later on "cbs this morning." i'm terrell brown in new york on this new year's eve. this is the "cbs morning news." new prilosec otc wildberry is the same frequent heartburn treatment as prilosec otc. now with a fancy coating that gives you a burst of wildberry flavor. now why make a flavored heartburn pill? because this is america. and we don't just make things you want, we make things you didn't even know you wanted. like a spoon fork. spray cheese. and jeans made out of sweatpants. so grab yourself some new prilosec otc wildberry. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. [ female announcer ] there are lots of different ways to say get well to your loved ones. ♪ ♪ this came for you, mommy. [ female announcer ] but it takes the touch of kleenex® brand, a
evening. lawmakers are making a last- ditch effort to find a way to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. the deadline is looming on new year's day. tonight there is no sign that leaders are closer to agreeing on a deal. >> with time running out, staffers huddled behind closed doors against the backdrop of a snowy capital, trying to hammer out a last-minute deal. president obama pushed lawmakers to act. >> we cannot let washington politics get in the wake of america's progress. >> the president met with top party leaders friday calling on them to allow a vote on his plan would raise taxes on those making more than $250,000. >> i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with majorities, as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> roy blunt delivered the response, criticizing the president's proposal. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% will not only pay 1/3 of the interest owed on this massive $16 trillion debt. >> sources say senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are drafting a small stopgap plan that could include extending unemployment ins
up on fox 5 news at 6, the fiscal cliff is looming, the latest and how we could affect our national security. . >>> president obama has issued a challenge to congressional republicans. he said if they can't get a bipartisan deal, he at least expects them to vote on his proposal to stop tax increases on all but the wealthy and preserve unempyment benefits. dells have heard that house republicans may wait to make a deal until after the new year, essentially letting the taxes go up and voting to cut them. the good news, you're not likely to feel any fall off of the cliff if they get something done in the first few days of 2013. >>> and for some, the biggest objection to the fiscal cliff is the cuts to project defense spending. they warned it's bad news for national security. peter deucey explains who mean affected. >> reporter: last friday when president obama rolled out his new plan for steering us away from the fiscal cliff, there was a word he did not say and that word was sequester. the sequester would automatically cut more than $100 billion from the budget next year, half from do
fisher from capitol hill. stay with 9news for the latest on efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff. we'll have have updates on our website, wusa9.com, and on 9 news tonight at 7:00 and 11:00. >>> we have breaking news in prince william county where a police officer has died in the line of duty. debra alfarone joins us live from the scene with details. >> reporter: matt, when you take a look behind me you will see exactly how fiery this crash must have been. take a look. you can see the car right there. that's on that lift. that's the car that hit that police officer, and certainly looking at that you can see this thing must have gone up in flames. there was no chance. officer chris young from prince william county was on his motorcycle on his way to at crash. he was right in this area, right on va 28, andy was driving southbound when a minivan was driving, and police officers say that the minivan crossed in front of that officer, attempting to enter the target parking lot, causing the crash which then, of course, took the officer's life. no one was hurt -- else was hurt. this happened around 2
the fiscal cliff, sometime in the new year, the tax issue will be addressed. >> trace: if there's a compromise, do we know how much house republicans are willing to give or accept? >> that's the wild card. of course the rank and file house members have been out since christmas, not due back until sunday. they feel they've acted. they voted to pass all bush tax cuts and found alternate cuts to the domestic and defense spending. they're waiting to see what the senate is willing to offer them. while republicans don't control washington, a democratic controlled united states senate runs the house and you need significant republican buy in for anything to become law. >> trace: mike, thank you. joining me, washington bureau chief for the "chicago sun-times" newspaper. lynn swede. we've got this meeting going on and the dynamics are fascinating. the president, john boehner, nancy pelosi, harry reid, mcconnell, you don't need his support because the democrat controlled center. it is a sit doesn't have a -- >> mcconnell is very important because in the senate, you need a super majority t
on the screen. the fiscal cliff melodrama is bad cabling reality show, real housewives of new jersey without the seven siartd without though not without the plastic surgery. they are phony and the "wall street journal" is basically arguing here the politicians are just like them. they are actors, pretending to do something meaningful about crisis of their own creation and none of them seems terribly sincere about doing something fundamental in $16.4 trillion. fair point? >> but the real issue is $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities entitlement programs which no one is talking about. it's amazing. i think "wall street journal" is right on the point. we've had all this discussion for the last several months and frank liquor to the last four years of raising taxes on the rich, above $250,000 which a basically a moral argument. it doesn't a dent in the $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities. entitlement reform and president obama doesn't want to talk about it. he wants to focus on the tax rates which is for all intents and purposes utterly irrelevant. >> gregg: so in other words, we can count on t
, not just right now with the fiscal cliff, but in the new year when a whole host of other issues come to visit us. so, with the new year just days away but the change of the calendar year comes lots of changes in state laws. here's what we're going to be looking at, here's a look at what will be legal and illegal in the new year. >> well, alison, some laws made headlines. gay marriage was passed in maryland and maine and the recreational use of marijuana was passed in colorado and washington state. wait, there's more. much more. let's start with the laws that take effect on january 1st. so, in illinois and california, employers may no longer force their employees to post their accounts. speaking of job seekers, let's check out oregon. employers are not allowed to advertise a job listing in that state unless they are willing to hire the unemployed. in iowa, arsenic is banned in chicken feed. in california, this one made headlines, too. that state is now banning the treatment aimed at changing the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18. and on the othlighter side, a n law in i
to go until we go off that cliff, the fiscal cliff. new today one key congressman is giving us a sober status report of where things are. >> i think there is a sense of urgency, t.j., just because of where we are. we're right at the deadline. as a matter of fact, it looks like we will be here on new year's eve and possibly new year's day. they've already alerted us, members of the house, to look at the possible way of doing that. >> at this hour, senate leaders are scrambling to piece together a last-minute deal to avoid middle class tax hikes and possibly delay steep spending cuts. both sides weighing inned to. >> congress can prevent it from happening if they act now. leaders in congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, i believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> republicans hope to work across the aisle to solve these and other critical challenges facing america in the new year. divided government is a good time to solve hard problems. and in the next few days leaders in washington have an important responsib
with a closer look at the fiscal cliff negotiation. >> and we'll check in on the final preps in new york before tonight's main event. >> and as we head to break, let's take a live look outside. the latest weather and traffic from tucker and langdon coming up next. time now is 7:25. dinner's ready. [ female announcer ] hamburger helper stroganoff. beefy. creamy. stroganoffy. helpers. forty dishes, all delicious. i just finished a bowl of your light chicken pot pie soup and it was so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> welcome back. hundreds of thousands of people will pack times square tonight to ring in 2013 and make sure everything runs smoothly, yesterday workers tested the iconic crystal ball that will drop. decorated with 32,000 lights and new york city police will observe a tradition of their own keeping an eye on public safety. every year, thousands of extra officers to assist with crowd control there. >> for anyone partying
they may well just go over the fiscal cliff and deal with it in january after the new congress is sworn in. leaving his family behind to continue their vacation without him, president obama boarded air force one early this morning and headed for washington to deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to take the lead in getting the job done. the senate convenes later today and senate majority leader harry reid told members to be prepared to address fiscal cliff issues through the weekend. reid is working on his own plan to get lawmakers to come together before the end of the year deadline. that plan would likely include letting the bush tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year and short term spending cuts instead of the massive long-term cuts that would happen if there is no deal. after our wednesday conference call, house republican leaders issued a statement saying they were waiti
the fiscal cliff, last second deal is it possible? kim kardashian and kanye west expecting a baby. new year's eve preps and the new york giants open their hearts to the families of newtown, connecticut. >>> very good morning to you. nice to see you this morning. we begin with secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital after a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained. cloth was discovered during a followup exam on sunday. she's being treated with blood thinners and doctors will monitor the medication over the next two days. the 65-year-old clinton fell and suffered a concussion and fainted while home alone in december as she recovered from a stomach virus. clinton had been planning to return network this week. >>> it is crunch time on capitol hill. senate and house negotiators have a few crucial hours left to come up with a compromise to avert the looming financial mess. if they don't here's what will happen. everyone's tax rates will go up. $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts kick in. the payroll tax holiday ena
over the fiscal cliff. happy new year. here's what you might have missed. president barack obama has left hawaii. he left last night, arriving in d.c. early this morning. the senate is also coming back from its christmas vacation to work on a deal today. sources tell us majority leader harry reid will be pushing a scaled back version of the fiscal cliff package that president obama laid out last week. it moved the tax hike needle to $400,000 per household. no word yet on when the house might come back with time ticking away. democrats are hoping that a scaled back plan could get through the house, senate and white house before that big ball drops on 2013. that would be sometime on december 30th or even on new years eve. we want to bring in jonathan allen. he's a senior national correspondent for politico. the top headline on politico is fiscal cliff deal increasingly unlikely. i think a lot of people are feeling that pessimism right now. what are you hearing? >> well, i think what you've got here, alena, is a nash equilibrium to borrow from economic theory and game theory. each of th
. give us a perfect new year's eve, please, one that will prepare us for the looming fiscal cliff? >> you know, you're killing me with that. listen, i'll give you a great dessert. a coffee cream dessert. a great new year's eve dessert. it's simple to make, dark rum, espresso coffee, put it in a blender and then serve it in martini glasseses. put them in the fridge, let it get nice and cold. after your dinner, pull it out, put coffee beans on top, serve it. great dessert. martini grass, enlass. >> start with something sweet. i like it. thanks for waking up early and joining us. >> thanks. >>> it may not be so easy to get money for that new car if washington drives us off the cliff. what no deal can mean for bank loans in 2013. >>> and i am following him, by the way, on twitter. >> good for you. >> in that second. >>> all right, moving on, talking about the grief and anger in india. protesters call for justice for a gang rape victim who has died now. her case is galvanizing the nation. we'll we're going to take you live to new delhi. stay close. 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer-power
: just four days to the new year and potentially the fiscal cliff so far little to know progress reported in making a deal to avert across the board tax hikes for 90% of the american households. it's been 10 days since the president and the speaker held any substantial face-to-face meetings. is time up or is it still possible for both sides to reach a last minute deal? let's put the question to byron york of the "washington examiner". too late or, gosh, maybe this is so easy you can wait until the last minute? >> i guess it depends whether you believe in miracles, gregg. gregg: i don't. >> the only thing that is really happening is the days are ticking by. i think what we've got is, you go first situation here. remember, after the so-called plan b failed in the house, john boehner, speaker of the house said, look, it's up to the senate. we'll not do anything more. we already passed a bill a while back that would extend bush tax cuts for everybody. it is up to the senate to do something. you have senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, the republican saying it is up to the democrats to do
tactics with regard to the fiscal cliff negotiations reflect a new understanding of how he is going to try and conduct his own business going forward. i am not optimistic, and hopefully we can get closer to that point, but look at where we are right now and we still don't have it. >> we have a lot more to get to after the break, so stick around on >>> hi, i am angie goff. here are some of the stories we are following this morning. it's do or die for the redskins as they face the cowboys tonight at home at fedex game. a win means a spot in the playoffs, and a loss means they will have to claw their way there. kickoff is at 8:20 here on nbc 4. metro will be open an extra hour because of the redskins game. meantime, track work is at a minimum this weekend. and tonight red line lanes will single track. and the emancipation praubg law indication goes on display. we will have more news later, but for now back to "viewpoint." >> i want to talk if we can about nonprofits, mary's center, who deal with family and kids every day on the health care and jobless and homeless front. what kind of times ar
the fiscal cliff. president barack obama said he is quote modestly optimistic. the the 7a at is now taking the lead while house leader john boehner is taking a backseat. >> reporter: urging leaders to do their job. >> if an agreement is not reached in time between senator reid and senator mccolen, i will urge senator reid to bring in a package for an up and down vote. one that protects the middle class from a tax hike. >> reporter: following the high stakes meeting on friday, senate appears to be poise. >> we will work hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. i am hopeful and optimistic. >> i will do everything that i can. i am confident senator will do the same. but everybody, whatever we come up with will be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less but that is where we are. >> reporter: accept at majority leader reid called senate not to meet on saturday while leaders negotiate. boehner said he will not bring anything in the house unless it passes senate. if it fails to pass, every american will see a tax rate increase and unemployment
a big news cycle happening on this last did of 2012. not only the fiscal cliff, but secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. we'll get to that in just a moment. a diagnosis of a blood clot. but some questions still remaining. >>> we have some weather stories, including the latest on this horrific tour bus crash on an icy highway in oregon. it was packed full of tourists. and it skidded off the road, leaving nine dead, many more injured. >>> and the live shot from new york presbyterian hospital where secretary of state hillary clinton is being cared for right now. abc's martha raddatz has the latest on her condition. martha, good morning. >> reporter: the secretary has not been seen in public since early december after an illness and then a fall. but this is the first time she's landed in the hospital. >> probably a good idea to -- >> reporter: on sunday, secretary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital for treatment of a blood clot. according to the state department, in the course of a followup exam, the doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming fr
'll know if there's a deal on the fiscal cliff or not and what either outcome means for you and your money. we'll talk to sheila bair, former fdic chairwoman. and texas congressman lloyd daggett. so much to talk about tomorrow. i certainly hope a deal has been done. >> nice to work with you. >> are you going to go to times square? >> i'm going to run the park. 2013 starts with a run. i conned my wife into it as well. she'll join me. >> happy new year to you. >> cnn newsroom with suzanne malveaux begins now. >>> happy new year. stories we're watching now. hours by hour, inch by inch, the nation sliding closer to the fiscal cliff. we'll have more on this morning's negotiations and what we'll lose if those talks fail. and workers in some states may see a pay raise but may not notice much of a difference. >>> guns are flying off the shelves after fears of a ban on assault rifles following the sandy hook massacre. we're live at the white house with the latest details. plus this. >> reporter: i'm alina cho in times square, where just hours from now new york will host what is arguably the biggest
on the fiscal cliff stuff, president obama, rochelle, on a new poll, 54% approve of his handling of the fiscal cliff. only 26% support joan boehner. so the politics of it is not even working for them. they're purists, but they're not being practical, even politically. everyone as they don't stand for what you and i may think is the right thing. they're not even being practical about this. >> well, with taxes, it's so complicated because the republican party has basically got taxation at the heart of its ideology. so what they're almost in a position -- they've force ed ths into a corner where what they almost sl to do is let the cliff kick in so that then they can vote to go back and reinstate some tax cuts as opposed to somehow translating any kind of vote they take, you know, grover nordquist was going to stand up and say they raised taxes on the wealthy. at this point, they've got the situation so backwards, that they're going to have to let the cliff kick in. >> let me ask you this quickly. we've got some good economic news yesterday. weekly unemployment claims have fallen to the lowest si
they are trying to put together a plan to help us from all going over the fiscal cliff. we are within 72 hours of the deadline, and tonight the new developments. in the wake of the shooting at sandy hook elementary, gun sales are on the rise. what is driving the spike? and the growing number of teachers who are looking to arm themselves. also, one man's trash becomes a child's musical treasure. you'll meet the children's orchestra that plays instruments recycled from garbage. >> i'm harris falkner. they are actually negotiating on capitol hill just as economic analysts say we are about to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, the punishing combination of higher taxes on just about every worker in america and deep spending cuts particularly to our military. top lawmakers are calling in staff members for meetings on this saturday. right now we are told senate leaders are working on a potential deal. still our journalists on the hill are being told there will be no official proposals or votes until tomorrow at the very earliest. the time line qoo -- could not be tighter. we will begin seeing lower
: happy new year to both of you. thanks, guys. rick: we have been caught up count down to the fiscal cliff and there is a more fun countdown. tonight more than a million people will gather to ring in the new year. millions of dollars expected to be generated for local new york city businesses. lauren is there in times square. she joins us now. >> reporter: it turn out if you have a microphone you become really popular. it's starting to get really busy in times square. all of these people have actually started to close off the streets. they missed the cue. all right. all right. so they started to -- they started to close off the streets behind me and people are pushing close and they will start to go in at 3:00 p.m. so just a couple minutes from now. then at 6:00 that iconic ball will go all the way up, pushed about it ceo of phillips lighting. it falls down at midnight. all these crazy people behind me are expected to spend get this, $25 million. that's the economic impact for new york city. and they threw all the confetti prematurely, but when it comes down from the sky at midnight we'll
lawmakerrers in closed-door meetings on the fiscal cliff. an update via twitter from chad pilgrim of fox news, reid's remark that he had made a counteroffer was off-the-cuff response and that there was no counteroffer, and "the washington post" quoting senator joe lieberman saying he'd be shocked if a deal was struck today. we'll bring you continuing updates. for now, back to booktv programs. [applause] >> well, i actually left my cave. in the mornings i get up, and it's early dawn, and i have a desk for writing and a desk for drawing. and, actually, i sort of like the drawing the best. and i work, and the next thing i know letterman's on. so it's just the most exciting adventure. of i've had ten books and, believe it or not, it's very scary, i am 30 ahead that i haven't even shown. all illustrated. i'm just having such great time doing this stuff. so they asked me when i came here what did i, what were my prerequisites for writing a book. and it's got to be simply if i say i'm going to write it, if it takes 15 years -- i've had books take that long -- i'm going to finish. the other one is th
to try to hammer out a deal on the fiscal cliff. where do we stand with six days to go? that's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." first from fox at 3:00, winter weather threatening to cause travel problems for people getting home after the holidays. some states dealing with snow, thunderstorms and tornadoes. check out this twister that touched down in mobile, alabama last night. >> oh my god, look. that's a tornado. oh, wow. oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> nearly three dozen reported tornadoes trashing texas, louisiana, mississippi and alabama. according to the national weather service, new tornado warnings are in effect for the carolinas at the same time a winter weather system cut power to nearly 200,000 homes and businesses in the south. >> our electricity went out at our house and we're trying to get our generator started. we came to get gas for the generator. >> "the associated press" reports the storm has killed six people across the nation's midsection and moving north and east toward new england set to bring snow, sleet and thunderstorms during t
here on the fiscal cliff and we're creeping up here on new year's eve. and then yesterday, as you just mentioned, treasury secretary tim geithner really upped the ante in dramatic stakes in the fiscal cliff end game by saying that the united states is going to hit its borrowing limit on monday. now he said the treasury can put in place some extraordinary measures and it has some wiggle room there but he said that the doubt and uncertainty over the fiscal cliff really clouds the prospect of exactly when the united states is going to hit its debt ceiling, statutory borrowing limit. so, that all adds a whole element of drama to all this. and it's really not clear, guys, at this point, how this thing is going to get resolved. but the house has said that it would like the senate now to go first after the house had been taking the lead in negotiations earlier on. and they say they stand ready to vote, at least, on whatever it is that the democratic controlled senate will pass. it's not clear, however, that anything that could pass the senate could also pass the house, which is controlled by
this. the fiscal cliff fight, still no agreement but we could get word of new developments later on this morning. stay with us. we'll be right back. ht back.  >>> take a live look at udc right now, an area down there and pretty quiet as you can imagine. new year's eve, a lot of people are still off for the holidays and it is good that they'll be off because it is pretty cold. you don't want to be out there having to deal with your morning commute today. that is for sure. >> a few stragglers i saw -- >> redskins celebrating? >> a few stragglers from late night celebrations. >> they'll be celebrating tonight because of the new year. >> it is cold out. temperatures at or below freezing. so if you are growing to be straggling out and about the next couple of hours or so, make sure you have a hat and coat. >> the big puffy. >> yeah, you will want it all week because temperatures will only be in the 30s. today, we'll be in the 40s for daytime highs and we're not there yet. 30 in washington. 20 in pittsburgh. columbus, 20 degrees. let's see. 22 in boston. 30 in new york city. and once
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to go south? >> that's right. happy new years, america. we appear poised to dive off the fiscal cliff starting with a round of finger pointing today. this is classic gridlocked washington. why america is fed up with the lawmakers and all about pointing fingers, gaining the upper hand here. and also, gaming this out because if we do dive off the cliff an we don't get a deal in the next couple of days, which looks increasingly like where we're headed then we come back in january and have to negotiate again and a political advantage for both sides if that's the case. >> her's the thing. even if a deal does get done at this point, it's a small deal. much smaller deal than both sides said they wanted several months ago. the debt ceiling, will be back in two months. there's a good chance we are going to be revisiting a budget issue in march, as well. is this the new d.c. zachary? >> well, it's kind of an old d.c. and the current version, you know, 4.0. and you're absolutely right. it's convenient because there's a news hook for the fiscal cliff for january 1st and calling this now b.c. befo
coming back in. we keep talking about the so-called fiscal cliff. there are consequences for inaction if that countdown clock gets to zero and there's no deal and no deal has been reached. >> jonathan, thank you. to your point, it's remarkable to me that what we're debating is exactly what we were debating six months ago. it's not as though something has happened recently. this is the debate we've been having or the debate we haven't been having making it all the more remarkable that we have a countdown clock for it. thank you. >> that's right. >> a deal on the fiscal cliff may be at hand, but there's still a lot to do, and not a lot of time to do it. delaware democratic senator chris kuhns. thank you for taking the time. i want to talk about something first that your colleague tom hashi harken said on the senate floor. let's come back and talk about it. >> it looks like all of the taxes will be made permanent, but all of the other things that the middle class and america really depends on. one year or two years at the most, but the tax system is made permanent. well, i just think tha
>>> this weekend is about the battle of the countdowns, the countdown to the fiscal cliff and the countdown to kickoff at fed ex field. thank you for joining us for the news at 10. i'm maureen umeh. attention-filled weekend as lawmakers try to beat the fiscal cliff clock and the redskins host the cowboys in one of the most crucial games of the season. we'll get to those stories in a moment. first, it was not quite the winter wonderland many of us hoped for. for a few hours, many of us saw the snow make an appearance today and now that most has turned to slush, forecasters are worried that near-freezeing temperatures could make for a dangerous situation on the road. tucker barnes has more. >> reporter: could be a couple of icy spots out there late, particularly north and west and we got the snow during the day anywhere between a trace and maybe two inches, if you have to the west of the city. let's go to the maps then, again, the system new winding down. you can see the last of it. there you go. pushing up now north and east of new york city. and still some leftover snow in
leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> maryland could be hard hit if america goes off the fiscal cliff. >> kim dacey is live with the details. good morning. >> we have a lot of federal workers and businesses that rely on the federal government. some say it would affect maryland more so than in other states. there was a report that estimates just how adverse the impact would be. researchers estimate maryland would lose $117 million in federal funding next year. the greater impact could be a huge hit in income tax revenue. the state will lose about $260 million in 2013. at least 53,000 full and part- time jobs would be lost in 2013. >> i have heard as many as 115,000 jobs. so 53,000 jobs would be conservative but i've heard it expressed as even higher. >> many families could wind up paying more taxes. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. if any progress is made, you'll find it first at wbaltv.com. you can read an explanation on how we got here in the first place. >> police continued to search for the suspect involved in a deadly shooting outside of a glen burnie bar. this happened around 5:30 on
's resolution? will a last-minute fiscal cliff deal get done? and if it does what will it look like. >>> we have a deal. we may still get hit with an automatic tax hike. how much will that cost you? in time for the new year, a new snowstorm headed to the northeast. we'll let you know how bad this will get. and the yore in review, up with of the most unique and appalling takes on the year in review. good morning to you all. welcome to weekends with alex witt. no alex today. taking a much deserved weekend off. i'm t.j. holmes, good to be with you. new this morning, president obama outlining his course of action if we all go off the cliff. >> if an agreement isn't reached on time, then i'll urge the senate to hold an up-or-down vote on a basic package that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends vital unemployment insurance for americans looking for a job and lays the ground work for more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> the president is optimistic that a deal can be reached midnight on new year's eve. listen to senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> we had a good me
." 3, 2, 1... [ giggling ] >>> when the clock strikes midnight on new year's eve, fiscal cliff or not there will be some unprecedented confusing tax changes that will affect nearly everyone's pocketbook. so here to help you get your financial life in shape for 2013 we deev sided to turn to the woman i've been turning to my whole life my mom. she's the financial columnist for the "chicago tribune" and author of "saving like a paper." this is a treat. >> thanks for having me. >> how much does the fiscal cliff impact what we're saving on taxes? >> well for middle income people, the tax increase is going to be about $2,200 and for higher income people that's the part that's been talked about a lot, people with $200,000 in income or $250,000 per couple. they're going to get hit. then there's also going to be increases in the dividends that you pay, the dividend income that you get. there's going to be increases in capital gains taxes. >> mom, when it comes to budgeting for the future you've always taught me to put money aside in my 401(k). it was the thing yo
fiscal cliff and what appears to be a new sense of optimism about finding a path around it. there isn't much time. just three days for the president and congressional republicans to find common ground on taxes and spending. for the latest let's go to chief correspondent at the white house major garrett. good morning. >> good morning, rebecca. president obama met with the four top leaders yesterday. he met for just over an hour. now, earlier in the fiscal cliff talks, meetings like this had tended to be tense and nonproductive but this meeting gave rise to hopes of a last-minute deal. for the first time in weeks president obama reported genuine progress to averting some part of the so-called fiscal cliff. >> i'm modestly in agreement we'll achieve. >> they're now chasing a much smaller deal than originally sought. the final product if there is one will not include trillions in debt reduction or federal spending or tax code reform. it won't even include across the board spending cuts. it will focus on tax rates and a few spending items. >> that's the bearare minimum we
was 75 years old. harris: new information now on the so-called fiscal cliff. if congress and the president can not find a solution most americans will see thousands of additional dollars taken out of their paychecks next year and on top of that you will be paying even more at the grocery store. for example, no compromise means milk subsidies will end. and the cost for a gallon of milk could double. dominic di-natale has latest details from los angeles. so, dominic, has the fiscal cliff crisis gotten so bad that even the price of milk is being affected? >> reporter: certainly is, harris. can you imagine milk hitting six to eight bucks a gallon? we're heading toward that because a new farm bill stalled in congress. under a archaic 1947 law, unless the new bill is passed by december 31st, the government will be forced to buy vast quantities of milk at twice the wholesale rate. two bills are in congress. the senate passed one for $23 billion in savings. the house is looking to enact 35 billion. the sticking point the full house of representatives hasn't approved the bill. >>
. >> have a good new year. >>> the possible fiscal cliff isn't the only thing happening at the stroke of midnight. more than 400 new laws take effect. some have a major impact including in new hampshire partial birth abortions will be banned. same sex couples will be able to marry in maryland. also registered sex offenders in illinois will no longer be able to dress up like santa or the easter bunny and will not be allowed to hand out candy on halloween. then there are some laws that just make you kind of go, hum. it will now be illegal for employers to require or request social media passwords in several states including maryland, new jersey, and delaware. motorcyclists in illinois can now run a red light if that light fails to change. in florida, your swamp buggy will no longer be considered a motor vehicle. >>> it is about 50/50 right now. i obviously would like to see a deal that would avoid the cliff but it depends on the content of the deal. >> it's a shame and disgrace that we are where we are. the american people are fed up first of all with this process. secondly, with the pr
to extend all the tax cuts for two years. by the way, that is why we are facing this new fiscal cliff. it is infuriating to business owners. i have been talking to a lot of them last couple of weeks. this is banana republic type of politics. no one knows what it will look like. it makes it impossible for businesses to do planning, purchasing equipment, hiring workers. you are seeing the impact on the stock market already where we have a lousy 10 days with stocks because everybody is in this kind of state of fear and trepidation that we are going to go over this cliff. i will give you a sliver of good news, i talked to some of my sources in the republican leadership and they say that the president sounded a little bit more conciliatory in this last phone call that they had. and they still hold out hope that we might get a deal before the stroke of midnight. and the ball comes down in new york. gregg: you are talking about huge amounts of tax increases. you know, some people, i have e-mails -- i was loaded with e-mails yesterday from folks. firefighters and teachers, i'm going to see 15
as lawmakers continue to scramble to get a fiscal cliff deal done. rich edson has the latest. rich: they are considering legislation here in the senate today. president obama says he called to talk to congressional leaders, democrats and republicans, last evening. there is no progress here to report. president obama put it all on the house. >> they are operating without the house of representatives. it is being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass overwhelmingly speaking that 250 he is discussing that would keep tax rates where they are for income amount for less than $250,000 increased those earning more. house speaker says senator reed should talk less and legislate more. senate democrats have not. they want to extend all the current tax rates and avoid some of the spending cuts. democrats are on their opening offer. they basically have not moved anywhere. there is less than a week to go. >> senator reid talking about a less than $250,000 limit. speaking right. exactly. liz
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